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McDonald’s Lovin’ It When China Wins

The New York Times reports McDonald’s has an Olympic ad campaign in China that says they are “Lovin’ it when China wins.”

We know McDonald’s will say anything that works to sell more of their rotten food. They don’t care about any dictatorship–They care about new markets. 

(Please click here for a review of the book Fast Food Nation which discusses at length the ecological and economic harm done by American fast food outlets.)

Along with large corporations that by definition will look the other way at the brutality of the Chinese dictatorship, much of the fault here also lies with American consumers who don’t care where and how the stuff they buy and consume is manufactured and produced.

And who don’t care that the people of China lack political freedom.

My own buying habits would not stand up to review on this question. I’m willing to pay more for things that are ecologically sound, or not produced in a dictatorship or a sweatshop, but I make little or no effort to find such items.

I’m going to look at questions of more responsible consumption more carefully in upcoming posts. While it is right and needed to criticize  corporations who enable dictatorships around the world, in the end it will be our own actions that will make the difference.

July 21, 2008 - Posted by | Politics, Uncategorized | , , , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. It’s damn near impossible to run cohesive and productive boycotts of products where people do not immediately feel an effect.

    You or I do not feel the social ills of sweatshop labor, so even the two of us together wanted to avoid buying the clothing, not nearly enough people would follow to make a significant difference. Statistically, neither of us matter.

    There have to be more productive methods that overreach simple buying habits. I’ve always said that humanitarian movements are consistently in dire need of economists.

    Comment by The Chemist | July 21, 2008

  2. Why would they care? they are out to make a buck. in china you must have at least a 50% partner for any business to be opened. You can not own more than 50% of any business if you are not chinese. Here in america you can buy our debt, our property, our companies or childrens futures. They are smarter and that is the bottom line. We deserve what we get. Chemist you are right the three of us can not change shit but talking about it is a start and the more people become aware the better. There is no fix in out life times.

    Comment by bill brady | July 21, 2008

  3. Chemist—We all matter. You’re right that an economist might offer some ideas as long as the basic moral point of the issue is not lost.

    Bill—Talking is as you state a start and a solution is always possible.

    Thanks for both comments.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | July 21, 2008


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